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Africa Cup of Nations Qualification

Kenya v Ghana: Harun Shakava and players who should be in Harambee Stars’ squad

06:49 BST 15/08/2018
Sébastien Migné of Harambee Stars
Goal parades some of the players, who should have been included in the squad owing to their performances in the Kenyan league this season

Harambee Stars coach Sébastien Migné named a provisional squad of 38 players to start preparations for upcoming qualifier against Ghana.

Among the players making his first list since replacing coach Paul Put, are injured captain Victor Wanyama and suspended defender Brian Mandela.

Goal parades some of the players, who should have been included in the squad owing to their performances in the Kenyan league this season.

  • Haron Shakava, Gor Mahia, April 2018

    #1 Harun Shakava - Gor Mahia

    He is one of the best center backs in the Kenyan Premier League. Shakava has been one of the factors at Gor Mahia, always throwing his body on the line. Having faced the best sides in Africa and getting experience from it alongside Joash Onyango, the former Kakamega Homeboyz star should have been among the first players on the provisional list.

  • Dennis Shikhayi of Harambee Stars v Burundi.

    #2 Dennis Sikhayi - AFC Leopards

    Jockins Atudo over Dennis Sikhayi! How can you go for a defender, who has been making costly mistakes when turning out for his club Posta Rangers, and leave out someone, who is performing? When he was given a chance in the Cecafa competition, he proved his doubters wrong, why has he been overlooked? One of the best right backs in the country.

  • MICHAEL MADOYA of Zoo Kericho v KEPHA ANDATI of Kariobangi.

    #3 Michael Madoya - Zoo Kericho

    Apart from Francis Kahata and Whyvonne Isuza, Michael Madoya is arguably one of the best creative players in the Kenyan Premier League. The reason behind his snub is still a puzzle to many. He is a game changer and can score goals as well; how do you overlook a player, who has scored ten goals from his creative role so far this season?

  • Whyvonne Isuza of AFC Leopards v Humphrey Mieno of Gor Mahia.

    #4 Humphrey Mieno - Gor Mahia

    Many will argue that McDonald Mariga should be given a chance ahead of Mieno, but when was the last time did the former deliver for the national team? The bitter truth is that Mariga's time in the national team is over, Mieno has been active both locally and in Caf Confederation Cup for Gor Mahia and deserves to make the squad.

  • Bandari Players celebrate a goal

    #5 Yemi Mwana - Bandari

    Mwana is one of the reasons why Bandari is flying high in the Kenyan league this season, a natural hard worker, who is blessed with pace and intelligence. Does it mean his recent form does not matter? The former Sony Sugar striker can win you a game with his work rate on the pitch.

  • Elvis Rupia of Nzoia Sugar.

    #6 Elvis Rupia - Power Dynamos

    There is no harm in giving a player a chance to prove his worth in the team. Rupia was the most on-form player in the KPL, scoring a total of fifteen goals before decamping to Zambia. If a striker scores such number of goals, is he not worth the consideration? What did Masoud Juma do better than Rupia?